23-Oct-12 (Created: 23-Oct-12) | More in 'Health'

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a Group's exposure measures how heavily a group is covered. A group is a collection of members. It is also a measure of the "volume" of the coverage. For example, a group with more members is said to have more exposure than a group with less number of members. A group that have members for a longer period of time than a group with only a month or two is said to have more exposure. Such a measure of "volume' or "weight" is quantified using a term called "Exposure".

Because "Exposure" is quantified, it has to have units. The units of Exposure are the "contract months". If a groups exposure is 200 contract months, that means there are perphaps 20 members (active contracts) covered for 10 months. The word "contract" stand for a working employee that is covered under a medical contract. This number does not include the dependents of that employee.

Another dimension to the exposure is that it is measured on a per tier basis. The dependents of a covered employee based on their coverage is organized into tiers. For example the tiers could be: Employee only, Employee and Spouse, Employee and 1 child, Employee and all children. The contract months are measured for each of these configuration resulting in exposure for each tier during that contract period (usually 1 year).


This is an acronym for Third Party Administrator


Flexible spending account. The process by which tax exempted money from participant is used for his health care expenses